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 » Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King's new novella questions mankind's ability to trust others.
[02.21.2011 by Bridget Doyle]

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 » The Top 30 Albums of 2010 - Fashionably, fabulously late, our favorite music (and believe me, there was a LOT) of 2010, the year that some have called the best year for music ever. And only some of those fools work here. Plenty of usual suspects, lots of ties and a few surprises that I won't spoil, including our unexpected #1.
[12.24.2010 by The LAS Staff]

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 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
[11.04.2010 by Cory Tendering]

Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Aqui
The First Trip Out
Ace Fu Records

Rating: 5.5/10 ?


April 18, 2005
Documenting the past seems to be a compulsive behavior we as a species have engendered to educate, guide, and warn later generations. But if we can learn from the past, just imagine what the future holds for humankind, should we ever manage to traverse time and steal a glimpse.

Better yet, we could always ask someone from the future what it's like, what pitfalls we should avoid, should I invest in Napster... questions of the utmost importance. Oh look, there's Aqui (or AQUI as they seem to prefer). I heard a rumor that they're from the future.

"We are. In fact, we're warriors from the future," the four members of Aqui nodded simultaneously.

"Well then, I see. So, what's the future like, so that we in the past might learn from mistakes that have yet to be made?" Perfect. This could really benefit humanity. "So tell me. Is there world peace? War?"

"Well, have you heard our album The First Trip Out? You really should give it a listen... it pretty much sums up the future." Again with the nodding.

"Your album? Ah, musicians from the future. I see..." Maybe someone else from the future will be along any time now.

"No really, here you go...free of charge. Give it a once-over... it really nails the whole ambiance of the future. I mean, we think so at least." They each hold out a copy and I quickly grab one from the curiously dressed singer, Stephonik, trying not to look at her running mascara.

Backing slowly away, I insert the disc into a conveniently located compact disc player nearby and sit down. Dear god, what have we in the past done?!

An eerie, gothic introduction, ripe with enchanting female vocals leaves me vulnerable for the grinding onslaught three quarters into the opening track - leaving me stooped, mouth gaping, wondering what acts could create such a bleak and dismal tomorrow.

The tracks progress and it becomes apparent that genre-splicing is readily available in the future. The First Trip Out is a concept album, an odd amalgamation of psychedelic glam rock, 80s metal, grind and thrash, with Geddy Lee-inspired female vocals dolloped atop like so much whipped cream, smooth and decidedly unhealthy.

Aqui wander in and out of breakneck metal ditties, filled with wailing and noise aplenty, to atmospheric, psych-tinged tracks - all the while relaying their story about a future of seemingly oppressed creativity. It's an interesting listen, and Aqui even come equipped with rumblings of an amazing live performance. Unfortunately for them, the live show didn't arrive in the mail with their disc.

Reviewed by David Spain
Based in Chicago, Illinois, David Spain is a contributing writer for LAS magazine.

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